Gastric balloon

What is it?

A gastric balloon is a soft silicone expandable balloon that is placed in your stomach in order to help you to lose weight. It encourages you to control meal portions and helps you to manage your hunger. It is implanted during a short and simple procedure. Depending on a type of the balloon, it stays in for either 6 or 12 months. The balloon fills up a part of your stomach so you can work on your food portions and new healthier eating habits. The balloon is removed similar way it is implanted. In order to achive the best possible results of the treatment it is recommended to follow a diet and a workout plan while the balloon remains in your stomach as well as after it is removed.

Who it is for?

Patients between 18 and 60 with BMI of at least 27, who are willing to change their eating habits. Moderately overweight patients who have been unable to achieve their desired weight loss through traditional weight loss methods such as diet & exercise. People who are not eligible for, or who are uncomfortable with, other forms of weight loss surgery who are aiming to lose between 5 and 30kg (between 11 and 66 lbs). Patients that qualify for the treatment must be of a general good health with results of blood test, ECG and digestive tract endoscopy within the norm (tests are performed at the clinic before the procedure). You will also undergo a face to face consultation with a doctor, a nutritionist and a personal trainer.

Procedure info

The procedure is simple and non-surgical. It is performed with IV anaesthetics – sedation (or just local anaesthtics (throat numbing spray) for the patients who do not qualify for the sedation) . The balloon is placed by a fully qualified and experienced surgeon through a special tube through your mouth. Once inserted in the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with sterile saline. When the balloon is full, it is too large to get out of the stomach. It floats freely in the stomach and is removed after the period of maximum 6 or 12 months, the same way it was inserted. During the time the balloon is in, the patient works on changing eating habits and a healthier lifestyle.

Hospital stay

After the procedure, you will stay overnight in the clinic. This is to make sure you are well and safe to be released the following morning. During your hospital stay, you will be accommodated in one of very comfortable patient recovery rooms. You will be looked after by a nurse and a doctor, and will be given hydrating and nourishing IV drips. You may leave the clinic after a check-up the next morning assisted by an adult companion.

Clinic info

The procedure is performed in a state-of-art private hospital Łódź Brzeziny clinic. Please find details in ‘Our clinics’.

Required stay in Poland

Minimum required stay in Poland is 3 nights. 1 before the procedure and 2 after. This allows a safe, from medical point of view, journey back home. Please note, we recommend coming over to Poland with an adult companion. If you can stay longer in Poland, it’s a good idea to stay an extra day or two.


W recommend one of the ‘Łódź hotels‘. Please find more info in ‘Accommodation’.


Blood coagulation disorders, gastric ulcer, heart diseases, liver diseases, lung diseases, previous gastrointestinal surgery, any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding or other congenital anomalies, large hiatal hernia or other structural abnormality in the oesophagus or larynx, unwillingness to adopt the dietary habits and behaviour change critical to the success of the therapy, drug or alcohol addiction, pregnancy or breastfeeding, psychological disorder.

Possible complications

Symptoms such as nausea, stomach ache, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea or pain may occur after the balloon implantation. They may last from one day up to a few weeks. In most patients they usually last a few days.

Post-operative guidelines

Include taking prescribed medication, dieting and exercising. Details provided by the doctor after the procedure.

Procedure cost

8 500 PLN / £1771 / €2000 for the 6-month Orbera balloon treatment and 9500 PLN / £1979 / €2235 for the 12-month Orbera 365 treatment.

This includes a consultation with a surgeon, a nutritionist and a personal trainer, email consultations available during the treatment time, required pre-op medical tests, intravenous anaesthetics (sedation), cost of the balloon itself, 1 night of hospital stay after the balloon implantation, IV drips and medication during the hospital stay, balloon removal after 6-12 months (depending on the balloon type).

An additional cost is prescribed medication (around 300 PLN / £63 / €71). They are to be purchased at a pharmacy in Poland.

An assistance of an English speaking resident is obligatory to purchase (400 PLN / £82 / €165), also available in a  package deal when purchasing transfers (details in “Transfers” section below).


Łódź airport LCJ – 15-min drive from the town

Warsaw Chopin airport WAW – around 2h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)

Warsaw Modlin airport WMI – around 2h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)


Prices are evaluated individually and start from 550 PLN / £115 / €129 per full package (Lodz airport/train station transfers, hotel transfers, consultation clinic transfers, hospital transfers and assistance of an English speaking resident during your stay).

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